Lower Prep

When your child joins our Prep School in Year 3 (aged 7) our first priority is to give them everything they need to make friends and feel secure, so they can continue to learn with complete confidence.

In their last year in Pre-Prep, pupils spend one afternoon a week with a Form 3 teacher in readiness for their transition in September. Children who join mid-year or are new to the school from the start of Form 3 are given a classroom ‘buddy’ who looks out for them while they settle in.

Our dedicated team of teachers are highly qualified and extremely motivated. They work well together and have high expectations for the children.

Forms 3 and 4 incorporate flexibility through a wide cross-curricular approach. Enthusiastic teachers inspire and care for pupils in small classes. Each child receives individual attention and works according to a tailored curriculum. Lessons are held in our junior department block with a shared library set in spacious, rural grounds. 

Our schemes of work are enriched versions of the National Curriculum, designed to engage pupils and make sure learning remains exciting. In Form 3, the Form teacher will teach pupils for most academic subjects enabling them to challenge the children and form close, supportive relationships. They do, however, move around the school having specialist teaching for French, Drama, Art and Technology, Cookery and Sports. In Form 4 further specialist teaching is introduced in Science. Children also take part in matches against other schools both at home and away.

Once they feel at home, pupils quickly find their voice. Some represent their classmates on the School Council, with teachers to discuss pupils’ ideas and proposals.

All pupils have the opportunity to sing in choir, learn an instrument, perform at concerts, participate in LAMDA examinations, dance classes and a wide range of clubs where they mix with all pupils in the Prep school up to age 13.

Classes have generous staff/child ratios ensuring high levels of individual pastoral care.

As well as all subjects taught, Forest school sessions and a wide range of extracurricular activities are highly valued in the school. The two-year groups often double up for the yearly Form Play and Games lessons.

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